St. John’s (Antigua): The West Indies Cricket Board broke their silence on Chris Gayle’s pending return to the regional team, saying they were “pleased” the estranged batsman had made himself available to play.
Gayle announced last week he would pull out of his contract with English county Somerset in order to make himself available for the limited overs phase of West Indies’ tour of England, and in “all forms of cricket” in the future.
“Directors of the West Indies Cricket Board recently met by teleconference and are pleased that consistent with his previous commitment Mr. Chris Gayle has made himself available for selection to the West Indies team,” a WICB statement said.
“The Board believes that Gayle’s stated commitment to West Indies cricket will be an asset to the team and looks forward to his contributions in that regard.”
The WICB said it also looked forward to meeting with Gayle, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, who is chairman of CARICOM’s Prime Ministerial Sub-committee on cricket, along with St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, to resolve “residual matters” before the Jamaican’s actual return to the team.
Among these “residual matters” is expected be Gayle’s role in a multi-million dollar West Indies Players Association lawsuit against the WICB, relating to the issuing of No Objection Certificates.
The 32-year-old left-hander has not played for West Indies in over a year following a dispute with the WICB. (IANS)